Thereā€™s one place that Star Trek has never gone beforeā€”musical theater. And William Shatner thinks that for its 50th anniversary, Trek should burst into song. What sort of musical numbers would you want to see in Star Trek: The Musical?

Iā€™m sort of leaning towards some kind of chorus line of dead red-shirts, singing about all the ways they were killed. Or a big aria about how ā€œRisk is Our Business,ā€ with perhaps a whole section about asking for a tall ship and a star to sail her by. Plus of course the obligatory Spock ā€œgrappling with human emotionsā€ chorus.

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Speaking to the Press Association, Shatner said:

Iā€™m attempting to sell a 50th anniversary show, but so far Iā€™ve had very little luck. Maybe because Paramountā€™s going to do their own ā€“ but I donā€™t know how they can do their own without me. Iā€™ve never been contacted.

Iā€™ve been actively trying to do a 50th anniversary show ā€¦ We had a big company say: ā€˜What about a musical or a music variety show?ā€™ That got some traction ā€“ but nothingā€™s come of it yet.

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The image up top comes from Mad Magazine, which pretty much perfected the Star Trek musical format back in 1976:


Charlie Jane Anders is the author of All The Birds in the Sky, coming in January from Tor Books. Follow her on Twitter, and email her.

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